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3 Plead Guilty In Case Of Native American Jewelry Knockoffs


Federal prosecutors say three people face up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to import jewelry knockoffs from the Philippines and then misrepresent the goods as made in the United States by Native Americans.

Some of the goods were sold out of a store in Arizona.

The Justice Department says Laura Marye Wesley pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Phoenix to conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges while Waleed Sarrar and Christian Coxon each pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

The department says Wesley had jewelry made in the Philippines and then smuggled into the United States for sale at retail outlets.

Sarrar sold misrepresented imported jewelry at his store in Scottsdale, while Coxon made similar false claims involving his store in San Antonio, Texas.